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Matt SandersonCoach name: Matt Sanderson

Relevant Qualifications - BTF Level 3 coach, NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Sports Massage Therapist, Level 4 Personal Trainer, Tutor

Background:
I have spent my working life in the fitness industry in one way or another and own a gym in Sheffield where I train clients and perform #TeamTCUK athlete assessments.

I have special interest in improving sports performance and work with a number of professional and amateur sports people from a variety of sports. While I am keen to ensure they progress effectively and become fitter, faster and stronger I equally enjoy the corrective exercise role that looks more deeply into movement patterns and the prevention of injury.

Having a young family I understand exactly what it is like to juggle triathlon training around hectic work schedules and family life – this really help when working with people in similar positions!

I have completed numerous triathlons from sprint distance through to Ironman and have qualified for the IM 70.3 World Championships three times racing there once at Clearwater in 2008. At Challenge Henley in 2013, I finished in 9:43 to come first in my age group. I completed Ironman Western Australia in December 2014 and combined it with a family holiday in Perth, to keep my wife and kids happy!

I am now training for Ironman UK and intend on qualifying for the IM70.3 World Championships again this year and possibly racing at IM 70.3 Austria for the World Championships. I am also aiming to be one of only three people who have raced (and finished!) every Ironman UK 70.3 in Exeter every year since its launch – that would be a total of 10 races.

I am also available for one to one coaching sessions at £40 per hour, for further details please email matt@triathloncoaching.uk.com

 

James PrykeCoach name: James Pryke

Relevant Qualifications - BSc Sports Science, Sports Conditioning, Nutrition and Triathlon Coaching Qualifications - too many to list!

Background:
My background is as a competitive swimmer competing at both county and national level. However, due to the repetitive nature of swim training, I decided several years ago that it was time to try something a little different and chose triathlon.

Making the move into triathlon is without a doubt the best sporting decision I have ever made. The training is so much more interesting than ten pool sessions a week and I love the challenge of trying to achieve peak levels of fitness in three different disciplines simultaneously.

I have competed in races of all distances from sprint to Ironman and have enjoyed seeing my performances improve year after year. Some of my favourite races I’ve completed include Ironman UK, Challenge Henley, IM Mallorca 70.3 and IM UK 70.3. I’ve qualified for the 70.3 World Championships and couple of times and hope to do so again this year.

Away from triathlon, I manage to squeeze in a full-time job as a lecturer in sports science and exercise and fitness. My expertise in this area, combined with my passion for triathlon, has enabled me successfully develop training programmes for triathletes that are specifically designed with their goals in mind.

If an athlete is to get the best out their training, the duration, intensity and type of session need to be appropriate to the type of race they are training for, and where the athlete is with their training cycle. The programme needs to be focused on the athlete achieving their peak levels of fitness in all three sports in time for the main race(s) of the season.

Of course swimming, cycling and running are the key elements of any triathlete’s training programme, but often neglected are exercises to improve core stability, flexibility and strength which are essential to maximise performance and reduce the risks of injury.

For further information or advice please email me james@triathloncoaching.uk.com

 

Jon OvermentCoach name: Jon Overment

Relevant Qualifications - International Triathlon Coaching Association (ITCA) Coach, ASA/UKCC Level 2 Swim Coach, ASA/UKCC Level 1 Teaching Swimming (People with Disabilities)

Background:
I got into triathlon in 2006 competing in a local sprint race. From that first race I've competed regularly in the UK and Europe in sprint, standard, 70.3 and full iron distance races, including the iconic Challenge Roth in 2012. In 2014 I was lucky enough to race in awesome surroundings and heat of Abu Dhabi.

Having had a background in county swimming and living by the sea when I was younger, it’s no surprise that the swim is the discipline I look forward to most. Realising I thoroughly enjoy competing in triathlons and helping other athletes with their swim performance, I decided to move into coaching in a more formal way and in 2010 I obtained my swim coaching qualification.  Since then I’ve worked with a number of triathletes and swimmers to improve their techniques. The natural progression was to combine my coaching experiences with my passion and interest in the sport and gain the triathlon coaching qualification.

Outside of triathlon I have a career in financial services that includes travel and commuting so I’m acutely aware of the need to balance home, work and training. I have seen my own performances increase year-on-year through consistent training and structured coaching. Following a tailored programme will help you towards hitting your optimum level of performance and personal goals on race day.

For further information or advice please email me jon@triathloncoaching.uk.com

 

Nicola Rossell Coach name: Nicola Rossell

Relevant Qualifications – Sports Science and Chemistry Degree, BTF Level 2 Tri Coach, Level 3 Personal Trainer and Nutritionist, Level 3 Sports Massage Therapist, Local Technical Triathlon Official

Background:
I spent much of my childhood running around with my brothers and was really into sports at school playing anything and everything I could. My uncle and father started doing triathlons in 2003 and we made great family holidays out of the trips to London to support at events.

At the age of 14, I entered Eton Dorney Super Sprint and it was a complete disaster! It didn’t perturb me for long however as I now have ten years of triathlon racing behind me culminating in my biggest achievement this year (2014) in the iconic Vitruvian half ironman at Rutland Water.

I think triathlon is fantastic and gives such an opportunity for achieving something so positive at every level. I love being involved in any way whether it be supporting, officiating, competing but especially in the coaching of athletes who are keen to work hard and build towards their personal goals.

I run a personal training business where I work with many individuals and guide them towards a target. I help them to integrate the training and changes that come with it into their lives, so I have a great understanding of the pressures people face. Perhaps the biggest areas that I work on with the clients I train are nutrition, lifestyle integration and mindset.

I am a big believer in working with every person as an individual with an athlete-centric approach. We all have our own journey, our own stuff that affects how we live, how we can train and the time we have to commit to each activity we do. We all have different aspirations and targets and it is my goal as your coach to get you where YOU want to be.
For further information or advice please email me nicola@triathloncoaching.uk.com

 

Mark Thorpe Coach name: Mark Thorpe

Relevant Qualifications – Dip in Personal Training. Dynamic movement & screening, Nutrition, Core Stability, Sports Injuries, and Disease Prevention qualifications.

Background:
My constant passion for training, fitness and new challenges forged a natural career path into Personal Training. I’ve been doing this successfully since 1995 working with a variety of clients including Paralympic athletes. Since 2003 I have been a full time lecturer in exercise and fitness based in Loughborough, but I continue to work with clients and athletes on a one-to-one basis.

Formerly a competitive swimmer, I discovered triathlon about 8 years ago and immediately loved the diverse nature of both training and racing. I began doing sprint distance triathlons and every couple of seasons would move up a distance until finally conquering the full iron distance. I fully appreciate how much time, effort and commitment is required for each of the triathlon distances, each one representing a unique set of challenges to athletes.

With my extensive theoretical knowledge of human movement, nutrition and training principles along with years of practical application I aim to equip both new and established triathletes with the tools required to achieve their best during racing and training.

Following a clearly laid out long term programme will help you to achieve your goals and take the guess work out of training ensuring you have a PB filled season!

I am here to provide continued support and guidance for my athletes to enable each one to work to their full potential.

For further information or advice please email me mark@triathloncoaching.uk.com

 

David RisebrowCoach name: David Risebrow

Relevant Qualifications: International Triathlon Coaching Association (ITCA)

Background:
I have always been an active person and have been training for and competing in triathlons since 2009 after being introduced to the sport by Matt.
 
I have been fortunate enough to race in Las Vegas at the 70.3 World Championships, compete as an elite triathlete in the British Super Series and more recently became a bronze medalist at the British Sprint Championships. So, it’s fair to say that I have experience across all distances of triathlon, except Ironman… yet!

Away from triathlon, I have a demanding job with the Ambulance service and an even more demanding young family so I can appreciate how difficult it can be to manage every hour in the day.

Prior to coming on board as a coach, I used the online programmes that #TeamTCUK off and I found them invaluable towards ensuring I maximised my training time. The programmes enabled me to make the most of the time I had to train and,as a result, I was able to see real improvements in my performance.

With a structured programme tailored to suit your individual needs, along with the experience I can provide, you will be well on your way to reaching your training and racing goals, whatever they may be.

If you’d like to talk more about how I can help you reach those goals please contact me at david@triathloncoaching.uk.com

 

Rekha RavichandranCoach name: Rekha Ravichandran

Qualifications: BTF Level 2 Triathlon Coach and STA Level 2 Open Water Swim Coach

Background:

From an early age I’ve had a passion for a wide variety sports, starting with gymnastics and athletics, then focusing mostly on running. A running injury led me to look for other sports to reduce the time I spent pounding the pavements, and that’s when I discovered triathlon.

I realised after a couple of years of competing in sprint and Olympic distance races that my strength was in the longer distances and I completed my first iron distance race (the Outlaw) in 2012. I’ve since completed the Outlaw twice more (finishing third both times) and have competed with the GB age group long distance team twice, taking a European bronze medal at Challenge Vichy in 2013.

Triathlon is an incredible sport that allows people of all backgrounds, sizes, fitness levels and ages to compete. As a coach, it is hugely rewarding to support people through their triathlon experience, whether that be taking part in their first ever race, helping an athlete make the step up to longer distance or pushing an experienced athlete to achieve the very best they can.

I believe in taking a highly individualised and rounded approach to coaching. This involves extending training beyond simply running, biking and swimming, so that it includes recovery, strength and nutrition. It also considers each individual athlete’s strengths and weaknesses, their priorities, and their own definitions of success.

A personalised structured training programme from TCUK, coupled with motivation, feedback and advice from your coach, is the best possible way to achieve your goals. Plus you’ll have a lot of fun along the way!

For further information or advice please email me at rekha@triathloncoaching.uk.com

 

Zoe MurrayCoach Name: Zoe Murray-Ross

Relevant Qualifications
Level 1 BTF
Level 2 STA Swim Coach
Level 2 Gym, ETM & Spin Instr
IRONMAN University Coach

Background: I took up triathlon in 2009 after a particularly difficult period in work. I needed both a focus and a release and found that flailing around in the lake at Hever Castle sparked an interest. Since then I have completed races at all distances including the first IRONMAN Wales in 2011 and Escape from Alcatraz in 2013. Both of these are triathlons that I would describe as 'uphill' - even the Swim!

I have always had a keen interest in sports and development and my job keeps me fit, healthy and active. I have been coached by TCUK since 2011 and turned my hand to coaching in 2012. I have taken athletes from complete beginners through to success at each distance and have enjoyed every minute of watching the transformation in both form and confidence.

Zoe Murray

I have recently had time out to focus on my family and am now ready to step back into the fold.

My day job is demanding and my home life is chaotic, but I am dedicated to triathlon and helping my athletes reach their goals - compete or complete. TCUK will give you both the confidence and competence to reach your goals. Structured training and coaching support will ensure you get to where you want to be.

For further information or advice, please email me: zoe@triathloncoaching.uk.com

 

 

 

Martin RonaesCoach Name: Martin Ronaes

Relevant Qualifications – International Triathlon Coaching Association (ITCA) Coach

Background: Having grown up in the country side in Norway I have always been physically active. Activities ranging from athletics, orienteering, cross country skiing and football took up most of my early youth. Later I played and coached volleyball at a national youth level.

My Triathlon journey started in 2010 while living in Australia. Did my first sprint distance and got hooked. In short order completed an Olympic and half distance over the next few years. In 2012 I signed up for coaching with Matt in order to add some structured training for IM Frankfurt. In the following years I have been lucky to take part in the iconic race at Roth and several other full distance events.

I have used the online coaching from #teamTCUK over the last 4 seasons and also been on some of the inspiring training camps.

Outside of triathlon I am married, have a little baby girl and a fairly demanding job so I know what it is like to juggle the demands of triathlon training with other commitments.

Whether your goal is to complete your first sprint or go for a full Irondistance all I can promise is that I will do my best to support you through what comes of ups and downs through what can only be described as an incredible journey.

For more information or advice, please email me: martin@triathloncoaching.uk.com

 

Ady DenchCoach Name: Ady Dench

Relevant Qualifications - Ironman University

Background: I’ve been doing triathlons for 12 years now having entered my first one with a friend I used to row with. It’s fair to say it’s become a very big part of my life and in the years since I’ve become heavily involved with our local triathlon club where both I and my partner, Nancy, are committee members. I’ve also been one of the main organisers of the Hathersage Hilly Triathlon since 2008, which happens to be the very first race I entered all those years ago.

I’ve lost count of the number of races I’ve entered over the years and have competed in all triathlon distances through from sprint to Ironman distance. Last year’s focus was on Ironman UK 70.3 Wimbleball and Ironman Vichy in France. 2017 will see me returning to both Wimbleball (I’ve even talked Nancy into doing this one too!) and Ironman Switzerland in Zurich where I completed my first Ironman back in 2008. Nearly 10 years on, with the backing of TCUK, I’m hoping to go faster than last time!

My strongest discipline is the bike, and this has allowed me to place well in races over the years. I’m also active in the local time trialling scene and have won the odd bit of prize money on occasion and a few trophies from triathlon and cycling clubs I’ve raced for. The hardest endurance thing I’ve ever done is Land’s End to John O’Groats on the bike…in four days! Just one of my training buddies and I raising money for Marie Curie, a charity close to my heart, I think I’m still scarred by the experience!

Outside of all this sporty stuff I have an Environmental Science degree and did have a career in that sector for many years. Not one to get in a rut, I changed career when I moved to Sheffield 13 years ago, and now run my own successful decorating business which I fit in around training (that’s a standing joke amongst my friends!).

The experience I’ve gained over the years has allowed me to help and nurture many new triathletes into the sport, both through the tri club and through organising events and races. It was only when Matt asked me to consider working with TCUK that I thought I might formalise that role with a coaching qualification. Having been coached by Matt and TCUK in the past, I know just how thorough and effective their coaching methods and are and as a result was delighted to be asked to join the team.

For more information or advice, please email me: ady@triathloncoaching.uk.com

 

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